If you skimp on preparing your lawn for the winter, a patchy green and brown mess will greet you in the spring. Not only will your lawn look ugly, but it will take time and money to perk things up. With a little planning in fall, you can prepare your lawn to handle winter weather and come back in great shape.

Perform a final mow 

Mowing your lawn in late fall shears the grass, making it unattractive to mice and other burrowing rodents. Give your lawn a final clip late in the fall so that rodents do not burrow in grass or pull out your grass for nesting, which creates patches in your lawn.

Fertilize your lawn in late fall 

While it may sound contradictory, late fall is a great time to fertilize your lawn as long as you have a cool season grass, such as Bermuda grass or bluegrass. Fertilizing at this time of year gives your lawn a boost of nutrients to replace what was lost over the course of the summer. The nutrients will remain in the soil all winter long, giving your lawn the nourishment it needs to stay healthy and return lush and green in the spring.

Aerate the lawn 

If your lawn receives a lot of traffic, or you have small children who play on it, aerating one to two times a year is a great option. Have a professional landscaper come out and aerate the lawn or do it yourself by renting an aerating machine. When you aerate regularly, you prevent the lawn from growing compacted. A compacted lawn cannot access water and nutrients, so grass grows sicker and dies.

Apply compost and grass seed in thin areas 

If your grass is looking patchy, take the time to seed and nourish in the fall. Time spent applying high-quality grass seed and compost can nurture your lawn so it looks good come spring. If you forget to do this now, you can of course reseed in the spring; however, your lawn may look poor until the fresh grass seed grows. When you seed in the fall, you skip the waiting period.

Keep paths free of snow and ice 

Once winter sets in, keep the paths shoveled from snow and ice whenever a storm passes through. Try to walk on the pathways instead of the grass whenever possible. Doing so shelters the grass from winter wear and tear, reducing winter damage. If you keep walking back and forth across part of the lawn instead of using the paths, you’ll wear down the grass and cause it to die. Then you’ll need to reseed in the spring.

You’ve spent a lot of time and effort grooming your lawn through spring and fall. Winter is time to put your lawn to bed, and we can help you do it properly. To learn more about our seasonal lawn care, or receive a no obligations quote for services, please contact us.